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The Musicians Die
Muzoracle: The musicians die

Once our question has been posed and the cards have been mixed, most Muzoracle castings begin with the rolling of the Musician’s Die. How the Musician’s Die lands determines two things in a casting: its key center and its direction.

A casting’s key center is determined by the pitch shown on the Musician’s Die face (C, D, F#, etc.) The key center doesn’t affect the meaning of a casting -- it’s a reference point for later playing the casting on an instrument or listening to it via the Casting Engine.

The direction of a casting does affect the way it’s interpreted, and the way it's laid out. The white Solfège Dice -- they’re rolled next -- represent points in a musical scale and mean different things depending on whether we’re going up the scale or coming down. A casting’s direction -- either ascending or descending -- is determined by which way the Musician’s Die is pointing when it lands. If the bottom point of the Musician’s Die face -- the point below the letters -- is aiming upward or directly right, the casting that follows is ascending; If the bottom point of the die is pointing downward or directly left, the casting that follows is descending.

Dice on the left indicate an ascending casting; dice on the right, a descending one.

Further details regarding the way castings are laid out can be discovered in the Quick Start pages on this site. The relationship of direction and meaning in the Muzoracle is explored on the Interpreting a Casting page.

muzoracle.comMusicians and composers can use Musician’s Dice as a creative tool for improvising and composing. The Muzoracle contains one Musician’s Die for the uses explained above; a set of 12 Musician’s Dice are available separately.